Cut To The Bone When Revising

When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done. (2019). Stephen King Quotes (Author of The Shining). [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Sep. 2019].

Imagination Must Be Exercised In A Disciplined Way

The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising. (2019). Stephen King Quotes (Author of The Shining). [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Sep. 2019].

Novelists Do Not Write As Birds Sing

Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry. (2019). William Golding Quotes (Author of Lord of the Flies). [online] Available at: [Accessed 19 Sep. 2019].

Be Present In You Discipline

Be more than ready. Be present in your discipline. Remember your gift. Be grateful for your gift and treat it like a gift. Cherish it, take care of it, and pass it on. Use your time to bathe yourself in that gift. (2019). Anna Deavere Smith Quotes (Author of Twilight). [online] Available at: [Accessed 18 Sep. 2019].

Surprise The Reader With The Unexpected

Provoke the reader. Astonish the reader. Writing that has no surprises is as bland as oatmeal. Surprise the reader with the unexpected verb or adjective. Use one startling adjective per page.

— Anne Bernays, American writer.

Bernays, A. and Painter, P. (2019). What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. [online] Available at: [Accessed 14 Sep. 2019].

Writers Who Don’t Write Wallow in a Sea of Possibilities

The only writers who have any peace are the ones who don’t write. And there are some like that. They wallow in a sea of possibilities. To express a thought, you first have to limit it, and that means kill it. Every word I speak robs me of a thousand others, and every line I write means giving up another.
— Stanisław Lem, Polish writer.

Source: (2019). Stanisław Lem Quotes (Author of Solaris). [online] Available at: [Accessed 12 Sep. 2019].

A Good Story is Like a Bitter Pill

— O. Henry, born William Sydney Porter, American writer.

Source: (2019). O. Henry Quotes (Author of The Gift of the Magi). [online] Available at: [Accessed 11 Sep. 2019].